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A child with Down syndrome ranges from when they were born to about 12 years old. They tend to develop at a slower rate in comparison to the typical developing child. Physical needs include sitting alone from up to 6 – 30 months, crawling at 8-22 months and standing from either 1 up to 3 ½ years. Physically their gross motor skills and fine motor skills are delayed in development which is why it is important to see a physiotherapist from the 1st or 2nd month after birth right up until they can ride a tricycle. Their tendency to gain weight is high due to their short stature, and parents can talk to the paediatrician or dietician about the correct meal and exercise plan. It is important to monitor their eating patterns and exercise so that when it comes to any doctor appointments he can monitor their height and weight…show more content…
Usually they require a speech therapist from a very young age. They may also find it easier to use simple sign language as a means of talking and this is known as a ‘Lamh’. Down syndrome children usually have mild learning disabilities which may mean when it comes to school they may need to be accompanied by a special needs assistant. As well as this they have short attention spans and therefore can only learn things within short sessions. Emotionally the child with Down syndrome can be sometimes affected due to them looking differently from their peers or siblings. It can result in feelings of anger, frustration and sadness. Those who can help the child deal with this are their parents and friends. However, children with Down syndrome tend to smile 1 week or so later after the typical developing child. They tend to develop a strong attachment to people they are consistently surrounded by. It is important the child has a routine and arranged meal times which are essential in order for the child to become
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